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Short And Sweet by Roy Harper

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[Song: Roy Harper "Short And Sweet"]
[Transcription by Gordon Walker ]

Right, as promised (at last!) here's my transcription of Short and Sweet.
This only has the few words I can remember with it. If you want the full
words maybe someone else knows them, or you can work them out yourself
(kind of me I know!). If desparate I could go and get them myself I
suppose, but I think I've done enough here!
You really need the music to play along with to get an idea of what's
going on. If you're unfamiliar with these types of chords then best to
have a mess around with them before hand to get the feel. It's all
really quite easy once you get the hang of it. My version of Tom
Tidder's Ground uses the same principle and types of chords - quite a
common thing for Roy to do.
I haven't fully road-tested this so if anyone has any comments
or corrections, please post them.



Short and Sweet (Harper/Gilmour)
Tuning: Standard with dropped bottom Chord diagramE MajorE to Chord diagramD MajorD

With the chords below, play either all six strings with one big
downward strum, or just the highest three with the bottom strings
ringing (as drones) (v. important that!). Or else give the bottom strings
little strums inbetween playing the main tune on the high strings.
Listen (or watch if you have chance - sorry non-uk readers!) to what Roy
does and you'll see what I mean (except in the trashy bit - see note

(If you're clever or called Richard Thompson you can play the bass line from
the 2nd verse onwards on them whilst playing the top chords. On the
other hand you may have a talented friend or a son called Nick who could
play the bass line and then solo in the middle thrashy part).

Here's the naming scheme I've used (all chords should strictly be Chord diagramG/DG/D etc but
that seems unnecessary and longwinded)(note: my numbering doesn't signify
anything else - just for for my convenience to show its not a normal
chord - except for Dmj7 of course):

6th fret                    |_|_|_|_|_| 6th
:                       |_|_|_|_|_1 :
   |_|_|_1_|_2  |_|_|_|_|_|  |_|_|_|_|_|  |_|_|_|_3_|
   |_|_|_|_3_|  |_|_|_|_|_|  |_|_|_|_|_|  |_|_|_|_|_|
   |_|_|_|_|_|  |_|_|_1_|_2  |_|_|_|_|_|  |_|_|_|_|_|
   |_|_|_|_|_|  |_|_|_|_3_|  |_|_|_|_|_1  |_|_|_|_|_|
   |_|_|_|_|_|  |_|_|_|_|_|  |_|_|_2_|_|  |_|_|_|_|_|
   |_|_|_|_|_|  |_|_|_|_|_|  |_|_|_|_3_|  |_|_|_|_|_|

    G1      A1      Bm1      Dmj7
(playing hint: use the 3rd finger as a sort of "anchor" to slide up and
down on, swapping your 1st and 2nd fingers behind it)

=========== =========== ===========
|_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_|
|_|_|_1_|_2 |_|_|_1_|_2 |_|_|_|_|_|
|_|_|_|_3_| |_|_|_|_3_4 |_|_|_|_|_1
|_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_3_|_|
|_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_2_|
|_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_|

  Chord diagramD MajorD      Ds     Em2
   (x x x)   (x x x)   (x x x)     (x x x)
=========== =========== ===========   ===========
|_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_|   |_|_|_|_|_|
|_|_|_|_|_| 1_2_3_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_|   |_|_|_|_|_|
|_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_|   |_|_|_|_|_|
|_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_|   |_|_|_|_|_|
|_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_|   |_|_|_|_|_|
|_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_| |_|_|_|_|_|   |_|_|_|_|_|
             |_|_|_|_|_|   1_2_3_|_|_|
             |_|_|_|_|_|   |_|_|_|_|_|
  Chord diagramD MajorD     Em1     B1       A2

(these 4 are the "thrashy" bit's chords. The 3 high strings aren't
really played directly, just occasionally inbetween sliding up and down
the bottom 3 strings for the main "tune" (in true Harper style!). This
is where you also bring in a bit of overlaid distortion with chorus and
echo if you have a couple of Quadraverbs handy!)

Intro : Chord diagramD MajorD    Chord diagramD MajorD  Ds Ds Ds  Chord diagramD MajorD D-----
   (Chord diagramD MajorD)D    Chord diagramD MajorD  Ds Ds Ds  Ds DS1 Chord diagramD MajorD D------
    G1 G1  G1  A1  Bm1 Bm1  A1 A1
    G1 G1  G1  A1  Bm1 Bm1  A1 A1 G1 G1 Dmj7 Dmj7-------
    G1 G1  G1  A1  Bm1 Bm1  A1 A1
    G1 G1  G1  A1  Bm1 Bm1  A1 A1 G1 G1 Dmj7 Dmj7 Em2 D------

You ask, what is ....
G1 G1  G1 A1 Bm1 Bm1 A1 A1

Of life, seeking to jus-ti-fy .....
G1 G1  G1 A1 Bm1 Bm1 A1 A1 G1  G1 Dmj Dmj7..........

G1 G1  G1  A1 Bm1 Bm1  A1 A1

 more or less than short and sweet
G1 G1  G1  A1 Bm1 Bm1 A1 A1 G1 G1  Dmj7 Dmj7 Em2 Chord diagramD MajorD

Verse 2 as above ending:
(picked accentuating the bass line)   your garden
Chord diagramC majorC  Chord diagramC/BC/B Chord diagramC/AC/A  Chord diagramC/GC/G C/F# Chord diagramC/EC/E Chord diagramD MajorD
(this involves a bit of stretching for the Chord diagramG+G on the low Chord diagramD MajorD so you have to
cheat a bit with the notes above - in fact Roy abandons the Chord diagramC majorC altogether
and just steps down on the low Chord diagramD MajorD strumming whatever he happens to hit at
the top end)

then intro and back to 2 more verses

then into the trashy bit:
(picked:) Chord diagramC majorC  Chord diagramC/BC/B Chord diagramC/AC/A  Chord diagramC/GC/G C/F# D1

(strummed madly:) Chord diagramE minorEm  D1-Em  D1-Em D1-Em A2 B1
(repeated a number of times)

and then into the intro again to finish.

Or something like that anyway!

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